COVID-19 Resources

American Dental Hygienists' Association

As a national association, ADHA does not have the authority to close a dental office or any place of business. Rest assured that we are raising your concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of you and your patients, while addressing critical oral health needs.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, ADHA strongly recommends:

  • dental practices nationwide postpone non-emergency and elective procedures
  • dental practices remain available for patients with urgent needs

ADHA has committed to providing the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner, and we will update recommendations on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available.

ADHA is encouraging all dental hygienists to contact their governor and urge them to limit dental procedures except for emergency services. Click this link to send a message to your governor.

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 Washington State Governor's Office

Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

 Washington State Health Care Authority

 Washington State Employment Security Department

On March 9, 2020, the Department filed emergency rules in order to provide support to employees and employers impacted by the COVID-19 virus across the state.

The Department is issuing an additional emergency rule extending standby status from four or eight weeks to twelve weeks in an effort to support the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave

On March 25, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 2614. The following changes to Paid Family and Medical Leave go into effect immediately:

  • Adds son-in-law and daughter-in-law to the list of qualifying family members you can care for with paid family leave. This means: Employees may qualify for Paid Leave to care for their son-in-law or daughter-in-law with a serious health condition.
  • Provides a definition for “casual labor.” This work is not assessed premiums and not included in quarterly reporting. Casual labor is infrequent or irregular work that happens less than 12 times in a calendar quarter. Casual laborers cannot opt-in for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. This means: Employers who hire someone for casual labor do not need to report or remit premiums for that work. Someone who performs causal labor cannot use those hours or wages toward their eligibility for paid family or medical leave.
  • Defines "Paid Time Off." Employees may receive paid time off during the waiting week for medical leave or family leave. Any paid time off or worked hours used during weeks the employee will claim benefits must be reported and will pro-rate their amount, unless the wages are a supplemental benefit. This means: No change to how the program operates, but it clarifies what paid time off is for the definition of supplemental benefits.
  • Defines “supplemental benefits,” which include salary continuation and paid time off that is in addition to an employee’s benefit amount. This means: No change to how the program operates, but it clarifies what counts as a supplemental benefit.
  • The bill also includes additional changes affecting conditional waivers, waiting week, child support, industrial insurance and voluntary plan premium collection that will go into effect in June.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

US Food and Drug Administration

US Department of Labor

US Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Stimulus Bill

Below are three ways benefits and access to unemployment are expanded:

  • Many people who don't usually qualify for unemployment benefits because they are self-employed or don't have the typically required 680 hours will be covered under this legislation.
  • An additional $600 each week will be paid to those on unemployment, for up to four months. (Some individuals will also receive $1,200, but that is not connected to unemployment and will come directly from the federal government.)
  • Unemployment benefits will be available for longer, up to 39 weeks (usually it is up to 26 weeks).

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

American Dental Association

Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

Facemasks/N95 Respirators